Paper Sculptures

how to make paper sculptures artists Jeff Nishinaka These astonishingly detailed Masters of Paper Art and Paper Sculptures are a far cry from basic origami... they can take months to create and sell for thousands of pounds.

And Incredible most amazing paper sculptures the intricate work of Jeff Nishinaka is created using just paper, glue and a sharp knife origami paper cutting art.

In one of his works, Mr Nishinaka has painstakingly created a bustling city complete with a family eating at a bar and a couple cycling through the streets.

In another, famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, Sydney Opera House, Egyptian Pyramids and the Great Wall of China all appear, modelled in stunning detail.

Many of Mr Nishinaka's pieces, which usually measure from 2ft in height, are snapped up for around £5,000. But one tree sculpture, which measures an incredible 20ft high, was sold to the five-star ANA Hotel in Tokyo for nine million yen - or £66,000.

The piece, which was commissioned to celebrate the hotel's fifth anniversary, took four months to complete.

Mr Nishinaka, who lives in Los Angeles, California, began experimenting with paper as part of a project during his student days at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

The 52-year-old said: 'We could choose any type of medium, like matchsticks, nails and clay. I chose paper and made a fish sculpture - it was an 'ah-ha!' moment for me.

'After that I quickly developed a feel for working with paper. I began experimenting with different papers, finding ways to shape, bend, and round edges on it. I knew I was destined to make paper sculptures.'

The process, which can take between one week and four months depending on the complexity of the piece, involves making a rough thumbnail sketch of an idea before refining and enlarging it.

Mr Nishinaka then cuts the design with craft knives and uses simple paper glue to stick it all together.

He said: 'I enjoy the part when I can start gluing it together. That's where it begins coming together and starts looking like a paper sculpture.'

Although the final pieces appear three dimensional, Mr Nishinaka explained this isn't actually the case. The effect is actually achieved by the careful layering of the paper and lighting.

Made out of 100 per cent cotton, acid free paper, the pieces will not deteriorate or yellow with age.

Mr Nishinaka admitted showing people his finished sculptures was 'nerve wracking' but they were generally well received. He said: 'Most people say "I've never seen anything like this before!." For the most part the reaction is very positive.'

Source :- Daily Mail Via Telegraph

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